Mentally insane airman ruled safe to return to public after bombing recruiting office


The former Airman who was charged with the bombing of a military recruiting office in Oklahoma is being released from prison.

30-year-old Benjamin Roden was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the bombing of an unoccupied Air Force recruiting office in 2017.

After receiving mental health treatment at a federal prison hospital Roden was granted his conditional release Friday.  He must continue to receive mental health treatment and take medication, according to The Tulsa World.

“Chief U.S. District Judge John Dowdell said he was persuaded by the hospital warden and a doctor that Roden will no longer be a risk if he follows the prescribed conditions.”

Charged with setting off a pipe bomb at the Bixby Air Force recruiting station on July 10 of 2017, Roden was indicted on August 1 and transferred to a medical facility for treatment on August 29 of the same year.

Roden, who had refused to take antipsychotic drugs, was eventually forced to take the medication after authorities received an all-clear to do so.

Roden’s bombing campaign reportedly stemmed from his hatred for the USAF, who he blamed after he was not permitted to re-enlist into the US Marines following his discharge from the Air Force.

Roden was found not guilty by reason of insanity in October for the bombing of in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby and court records show prosecutors agreed with his conditional release.

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